The Punjab Police carried out search operations in Shikar Mashia area (Dera Baba Nanak) of Gurdaspur sector in Punjab after a woman claimed to have spotted a “man moving wearing black clothes suspiciously with a weapon.”
“We immediately launched the search operation which went on during the night as well as today,” Batala SSP Daljinder Singh Dhillon said. The police used hand-held thermal imaging devices to trace any suspicious movement in the civil areas, the SSP added.
However, the police said they did not find anything suspicious, but acted “immediately” on any information.
The security personnel were on “high alert” in the backdrop of escalating tension between India and Pakistan, the SSP said.
The Punjab Police have also written to the Centre asking for additional 15 companies for security alert due to the firing at Gurdaspur that took place on October 3. Following the incident, a search operation was being conducted in villages around Chakri border out post (BoP), 30 km from Gurdaspur.
The intruders, who had crossed the border but were behind the barbed wire fencing, were challenged.
“They fired at the BSF post. Our troopers immediately retaliated the firing. The intruders retreated back to Pakistan. A search operation has been launched in the area on Monday morning,” a BSF official said.
Tension has been escalated between India and Pakistan following the recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC) to destroy terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Nearly 1,000 villages in six border districts of Punjab, located within 10 km from the IB, have been ordered to be evacuated following the tension between the neighbouring nations. The evacuation was ordered as a preventive measure.